Uk Mini Swap

So.. finally I’m posting about what I made and received in the UK Mini Swap hosted by Nina of Bossyoz over on Instagram.

I was more than nervous when I discovered my partner was none other than Nina herself! The pressure was on to get it right ;) I knew I wanted to do something with a nautical theme as being from Cornwall how could I not for someone who loves sailboats??

In the end I came up with something inspired by curves…

Curve Sail boat Mini Quilt

It was quite out of my comfort zone! With trying to make it random and appealing… but now I am most definitely in love with curves :) In case you’re wondering.. each curve square is 3″ finished.P1110920

I actually forgot to take a photo of my extras so nabbing this from Nina’s IG feed. I think she liked it :)

After postie watching what feels like forever my mini finally turned up a few days ago….. with a lovely fabric basket, box of buttons, some oakshot and 2.5″ squares.

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Happy Sunday all! I think I might actually get to sew today.. how is everyone’s bank holiday plans going?

Hannah.x

Making the most of… triangles!

Happy wednesday! I am definitely enjoying these lighter evenings- combined with the machine last week it has had a definite effect on my productivity levels.

Curve Sail boat Mini QuiltThis little beauty (sneaky peek) was finished late last night- dedication for you staying up way past my bedtime til gone midnight to finish the binding. It’s not completely me… but I’ll go into that and show it off in it’s entirety once my partner has received it :)

In the meantime though….. a new nephew Zachary arrived in the wee hours of sunday morning. Prompting this….

Triangles Boy Pram Quilt (2)I had promised a pram quilt so frantic pulling of various fabrics then a little while later I had this…

Triangles Boy Pram Quilt (1)Close up….

Triangles Boy Pram Quilt (3)Now the next question is can I get this finished in time to gift on Friday and I have this pesky thing called “work” in the way too! Hey ho so tonight I’m piecing those triangles and rows together ready to baste and quilt on the morrow!

Linking up with Lee over at…

Hannah.x

Sunday (Monday) Stash…

So it’s a little late for this post but hey ho. Got an amazing addition to show you this week!

Technically it’s not “stash” but something to use it up! Isn’t she gorgeous?

Brother Innovis 350 SE (2)A Brother Innovis 350 SE and look a computerised screen..

Brother Innovis 350 SE (1)I’m not ashamed to admit it took me bout half an hour to work out how to wind the bobbin, load bobbin and top thread (with aid of manual). One day I might actually preset a setting to remember where the needle goes for that pesky quarter inch.

She has loads of features including a knee lift (untried yet) but as I have a backlog of sewing to catch up on due to previous machine tantrums… it might be my week off next month til I get a proper play at all it can do.

DZ Oh Betty FabricNot to worry I did stash some amazing fabrics too (Darlene Zimmerman Oh Betty in the top and in the bottom a range of Denyse Schmidt, Flurry and a host of other designers) but now I neeeeeeeeeed to behave and use up some of what I have! One sneaky order this week and that’s it… as I want to get a craft lamp and a table so I can use my cutting mat upstairs near the machine…

Now to go enjoy some more of this sunshine :) Hope everyone has a lovely week! Linking up with Molli Sparkles.

Molli Sparkles

It’s a Kitty Finish!

So a few months ago I was encouraged to join in on the #kittenmqs2015 on Instagram. Since you can’t keep a wolf or a seal as a pet really cats are my favorites! Growing up there was always a cat (or four) around.

I was a little stumped over my partner as she didn’t really post much on Instagram in the end I chose a lovely cat block from the 500 Quilt Blocks book and made this……..

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Given that my machine decided to constantly skip stitches I hand quilted around each cat and added buttons for eyes.

P1110905I even managed get hold of some lovely cat buttons and added it to one of my norm gifts these days the quilted basket! Along with some some fabric and treats for the kitties voila! It’s still travelling across the world…

Isn’t what I received sooooooo pretty? And in some 30s repros too.

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Plus just look at the cheater on the back…..P1110855Now I just need to finish (umm start) my other swap commitments.

Hannah.x

Goals Q2 Finish-A-Long

Well Q1 was dismal and even forgot to link up my one measly finish… here’s hoping to a better Q2! Especially since my new toy should be arriving end of next week :)

Some are these are carried on from the last quarter and this list is by no means definitive of what I have to do but I need a big kick to keep on track…

1. My mini for the Ukminiswap- due in a couple of weeks… I’ve been feeling a little intimidated by my partner so it’s taking me ages to decide what to do! Mixing up some daysail with curves….

Pentagon EPP Boy Ball2. A Pentagon ball made via english paper piecing for my nephew Louis.

P11109003-7. I STILL have quilts for the little ones to do. The above is the backing for the youngest. The other quilts can be seen here and I have Hazel the Hedgehog all cut out too as a bonus one. Also adding in a pram quilt made out of triangles and boyish fabrics which must be finished soon… yes really!

Milk, Flower and Sugar Hexagons EPP

8. An on the go project for a hexie baby quilt- recipient indetermined.But given that I have a lot of deadlines coming up for both the day job and sewing this is my way to relax. And it’s such pretty fabric! I just can’t decide on the next border for the hexie flowers…Oh Deer Circles

9. These started out as tester blocks for when I was doing a curved project last month (more on that soon). I couldn’t stop however… just need to do some more blocksP1110898

10. Can you spot a theme already? With gritted teeth this is going to be a butterfly block (those who know me don’t fall off in shock as I really do not like these things…) but once you get an idea go with it right?? Destined to be a little one’s quilt.P1110899  11-12. Gifts in the making.. all cut and interfaced just needs sewing up complete with zips. I’m betting a couple of people can guess who these are for…  especially since one has been hanging around since last year….

12. This is happening… my seal quilt in applique. I want to enter this in FOQ but it be great if it could be done at least a month in advance of the deadline…

Also on the list are………. minis for the Fairytaleswap, Sherlock Swap but I have no idea at present so won’t count those! Besides think I have enough to be getting on with right??

What is everyone else working on? Linking up with Adrianne.

Hannah.x

Finding my feet… again

It’s been annoying busy around these parts lately! Especially with car trouble which meant no car for about a week… and some secret sewing that can’t be shown yet :)

Anyway in general I’m happy with actually getting some sewing done. First up is my first sewtogether bag this year. I did three just before Christmas and had forgotten a couple of steps. This one is a birthday present for a friend and also a belated thank you present for putting me up a couple of nights last summer.

Turtle Best Day Ever Sewtogether Bag (2)  Turtle Best Day Ever Sewtogether Bag (3)Turtle Best Day Ever Sewtogether Bag (1)I hope she likes it! Was awfully tempted to keep it for myself! I included some other extras in it too :)

Stupidly I forgot to link up with the Finish A Long Q1 but I be back soon with my Q2 list and some other bits to show… plus I am SO looking forward to something that be arriving next week !

Hannah.x

Eek it’s March..

… I am still here and thought it’s about time I provided you with an update!

It’s been rather busy between work, family stuff and everyone laden with viruses but I have slowly been sewing… even though sometimes I wanted to throw the machine out of the window for misbehaving.Centre Triangles Hexagon

This is one of my favourite things at the moment! Trianges and hexies :) It’s my centre for a Round Robin bee but I definitely see a proper quilt coming like it soon!Churndash Block Stacked Rainbow Block

Some bee blocks (Churn Dash and Stacked Rainbows) for the Fat Stash Uk beeHexiefriends EPP flowers

And to complete my hexie craze I’ve joined in with the #hexiefriends phenomena on Instagram where you swap a flower with each other and the centre has your name and location. How cool will that be??

I’ve a few more things to show.. so later this week when I feel a bit more on top of things.

Hannah.x

First Finish of 2015

Technically… even though I’ve sewn this is the first actual finish and it’s something knocked off my FAL Q1 list too!

It’s my mini for the current round of the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Swap. I changed my mind so many times as I was a little out of my comfort zone with my partner Craftyhannah.

In the end I settle of a New York Beauty Circle of Flying Geese pattern… lot of paper piecing… mutterings and curves later it was pieced. Then it was the quilting… I dithered for about a week and half and in the end put on my fmq foot and big girl pants…. voila an organic waves pattern. It’s far from perfect but I love it :) And…. the back is amazingly fine!

Mini Swap Betteroffthread New York Beauty of Flying Geese (2)

There were a few I had my eye on in the IG Pool and what came was one of those! A gorgeous hexie out of B&C fabrics and some lovely goodies too including a portable EPP kit by the lovely Gretchen. Guess what will be coming to work with me tomorrow :)

Mini Swap Hexie Bonnie and Camille

My next swap is due in April for the UKmini hosted by BossyOz and I must say I’m intimidated again by my partner…. dithering over what to do……….

Then May it’s the Outlander swap I’m co-hosting with Kylie (still open details here). I’m resisting other swaps that are popping up as I have some secret sewing to finish…

Sometimes I wonder how does everyone manage to fit it all in?

Hannah.x

Quiet Play Zoo Animals BOM

Golly it’s been awhile since I’ve been here… the house has been/still is kinda flu ridden, a work trip to London has left me exhausted and sloooooooow in catching up on sewing!

But………… have you seen Quiet Play’s new BOM?

It’s running for nine months with a free pattern released each pattern (if you miss the month you can buy it). January’s pattern is the flamingo and it did not take me long to stitch it up at all (by the 3rd!)……….

2015-01-27 16.47.58The eye was a little tricky but so so worth it! Can’t wait for the next one to be available :)

Anyone else tempted to join in?

Hannah.x

P.S- if you’re a fan of Outlander (either the books or the series) see here for a general crafty swap that’s happening… More on that soon…

2015 Finish Along Q1 Goals

It’s that time of year again to declare some “finish” aims. Finish Along 2015 has jumped from Katy over to Adrianne. I think in the last quarter I put too much on myself so going to try and be a bit more realistic (yeah right?!) Especially since going back to work this work meant spending the past couple of days in a zombified stupor so………

NY Beauty Geese1. This needs to be finished by the 16th.. it’s for my partner in the Schnitzel and Boo mini swap. Last minute (aka sunday) I changed my mind on my original idea and going for this. I’m not overly keen on the rainbow palette so going for brights… the geese and spiky bits are all cut out..

Country Girls Tasha Noel Great Granny2. Granny Square quilt with Country Girls fabric. It’s all cut out waiting to be sewn. This was meant to be my sewing time before work this week if only I got up instead of dozing until well after my alarm.

3-5. As seen here the Harper Quilt, Oliver’s playmat and Farryn’s Quilt needs to be finished. The Harper quilt is all pieced and made the blocks (Georgina) for the back.. Farryn’s quilt pieced but Oliver’s hum not much progress……….. Oops and the children are now five months, nine months and eighteen months. Although to be fair I’ve set a habit of giving quilts on the second birthday ;)

Seal6. My Seal quilt… the photo above something like that.. This is of a wild seal on the beach down Godrevy a couple of weeks ago. The tide was in so most of the seals were near the cliff. this particular male had clamored over a lot of rocks!

The only thing I have to decide is pixels or applique… then start :)

I also have some toys (Phil the monkey, Owl and Dragon) to finish, a couple of sewtogether bags and a Sidekick Tote for me with Linen and woodland fabrics. Plus the Ukminiswap and also in my head is a whimsical woodland animal quilt with triangles but next time eh?

So… are you planning any finishes this quarter? Linking up with On the Windy Side.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Hannah.x

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